At long last, the Fowlerville baseball team got a chance to play in nice weather on Tuesday.
“It’s quite nice,” senior Trevor Miller said. “It’s nice to get a good day.
That was about all that went well for the Gladiators (8-5 overall 1-3 CAAC White), who were swept by Williamston on Tuesday, 11-3 and 6-3, in a disastrous doubleheader that put a severe crimp in their hopes of repeating as CAAC White Division champions.
“The line’s being drawn in the sand as we speak,” Fowlerville coach Matt Hunt said. “We have to come out ready to play tomorrow.”
The Gladiators took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the opener, but Williamston came back with two in the bottom of the first and led the rest of the way.
After the Hornets (8-6, 5-1) took a 4-1 lead in the third, the Gladiators scored in the fourth and fifth to cut the lead to 4-3.
Williamston’s defense, which coach Terry Stanton said was a concern before the game, wasn’t in the doubleheader. Starter Nick Miller was bailed out by his defense time and time again, getting three double plays to end rallies and stellar play from his infield.
But Hunt said there was more to it than that.
“I’d say we did not play our game,” he said. “They made the routine plays. We didn’t. We made a lot of mental errors and they definitely had situational hitting and made every play possible.”
In the process, Williamston’s MIller and two relievers shut down a Fowlerville offense that was averaging just under nine runs per game.
“I don’t think it was them. It was us,” Trevor Miller said. ‘Usually, we come out and hit the crap out of the ball, but we’re not doing it lately. We have to get back on track.”
Williamston put the first game out of reach with a seven-run sixth, and never trailed in the nightcap.
The Gladiators won’t have much time to mourn the sweep: They’re home against Haslett today, a team that is in their Division 2 district.
“That’s what baseball is about,” Miller said. “You can lose a sweep and then come back and beat teams. Like we did against St. Johns (last week). They beat us by a run (in the opener) and then we came back and beat them by 15 in four innings (in the nightcap). In baseball, anything can happen.”